About this recipe:This is such a flavourful, nutty, fresh tasting pasta salad. I always serve it at my parties. I think it's the combination of fresh spinach, the crispy bacon and the pine nuts that make it so good.
150g fresh spinach leaves
85g fresh basil leaves
120ml extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
100g parma ham or cooked bacon, diced
1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste
60g freshly grated Parmesan cheese
80g toasted pine nuts
Method Prep:15min › Cook:15min › Ready in:30min
Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the bow tie pasta and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Rinse with cold water to cool. Drain well.
Toss the spinach and basil together in a large bowl.
Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat; cook and stir the garlic in the hot oil for 1 minute; stir in the parma ham or cooked bacon and warm through. Remove from heat. Add to the bowl with the spinach and basil mixture; toss to combine. Pour in the drained pasta and toss again.
Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and pine nuts to serve.
This dish was delicious! The hot oil and parma ham wilted the spinach and basil some and then the hot pasta a little more. It was just right. Makes a large amount, so great for large gathering. - 26 Jul 2011